children's place preschool and academy
Children's Place Academy Registration is now open!


Mission statement

Jesus Christ calls each of us to reach out with God’s Love, Hospitality, Hope, and Healing so that all may experience and share the Joy of belonging to Him.


Children's Place Preschool and Academy are outreach ministries of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.  We believe that children are by nature curious and eager learners.   Because children “make meaning” through direct experiences in their world, we provide meaningful, relevant hands on experiences and explorations.  We place emphasis on educating the whole child.  We plan experiences to promote cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development.  The teachers provide expert guidance and support for children as they explore and learn about living successfully in the world with self and others.


We provide a Christian environment where children and their families feel safe and loved.  We seek to provide excellent service in such a fashion as to gain trust with all who interact with us. We emphasize diversity throughout our program, and our individualized, developmental approach lends itself to meeting the unique needs of children.  We are inclusive of children with special needs.  We offer a weekly worship service with age appropriate stories and music.

Goals for Your Children

The most important goals of our curriculum are for children to become independent, self-confident, curious learners who can work well with others.  We’re teaching them HOW to learn, not just in primary school, but all through their lives.  We do this by creating purposeful and productive learning experiences that help children grow in all areas.  Through the lessons and activities we plan and the way we organize the classroom, select materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, we seek to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful school experience.


About Our Accreditation and licensing

NAEYC is the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators. Early Childhood programs accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Criteria for High-Quality Early Childhood Programs, and been found to be in substantial compliance with the criteria.
A copy of the Criteria can be obtained from NAEYC's Academy. To obtain more information, please contact NAEYC at

Children's Place is licensed by the Dept. of Children and Family Services.  All licensing information can be found at  Our academy is registered in the state of Florida as a private school.  More information is available at

Main Program Hours

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Optional Early Play* 7:30am - 9:00am
Optional Stay and Play* 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Academy hours 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

*additional fee

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